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SPOILERS AHEAD: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you want to read our spoiler-free review, click here. The rest of you, read on… but know that you have been warned.
So, Han Solo died in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams boldly killed off a legend in the Star Wars universe, likely honoring Harrison Ford’s request (which he made several decades ago, during the filming of Return of the Jedi). Ford has said repeatedly that he hoped Han Solo could go out in a heroic fashion, possibly sacrificing himself to save his friends, or assist the Resistance. It would have completed the character’s arc of going from borderline criminal to unlikely hero. But Han’s work wasn’t finished in the Star Wars universe. He needed to kick start one more trilogy, and his death will lead to many more complications in Episodes 8 and 9.
We have been so protective of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to try and preserve secrets from fans until they have been able to see the film on their own. One of the biggest spoilers obviously has been the fate of Han Solo, but now that millions of you have seen the movie (as the box office numbers indicate), we wanted to give you a forum to discuss Han’s death.
- Did you think it was necessary for J.J. Abrams to kill Han Solo off?
- Was it a noble death?
- Was Leia’s reaction strong enough?
- Why didn’t Leia hug Chewbacca?
- Do you think Harrison Ford only agreed to return to Star Wars if they agreed to kill him off?
- Is there any chance fans will ever be able to forgive Ben Solo (Adam Driver) for this action?
- Where does this storyline go from here?
If you have made it this far, you have been spoiled. But here’s yet another warning that the comments section below if fair game for all SPOILERY conversation. Let’s discuss the on-screen death of one of our childhood icons. R.I.P. Han Solo. May the Force be with you.